Wisconsin Genealogy & History Resources
County Seat: Sturgeon Bay
Parent: Brown County
* Records before the establishment of the county may be in the parent records.
From: Handbook of Wisconsin by S. Silas, 1855
The County consists of the narrow strip of land lying between Green Bay and Lake Michigan, and a number of Islands off to its northern extremity. It derives its beautiful name from the strait between Plum Island and the main land, called by the original French settlers of Green Bay, "Port du Morts," or "Death's Door."
Sturgeon Bay is a navigable inlet on the eastern bay shore, extending nearly to Lake Michigan, and has almost its entire length sufficient to float the largest class of Lake Vessels. As a harbor it is surpassed by few. A narrow neck of low land, a little over a mile in width separates it from Lake Michigan. A settlement has been made on this Bay, a saw mill erected, and more than one set of saws run. The principal settlement in the County is on Washington (or Potawotomie) (sic) Island, on the nortwestern (sic) part, called Washington Harbor. This is represented to be one of the best natural harbors on the Lake.
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Birth, Death, & Marriage Records:
Earliest Registration Dates*:
Door County Register of Deeds
421 Nebraska St.
P.O. Box 670
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
Telephone: (920) 746-2270
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